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The Food Project's Winter Institute builds community among attendees from around the country


Lucy Sweeney, Development Officer for Individual Giving and Events at The Food Project, writes about her experience at the Winter Institute. She is on the left in the front row in the photo above. 

Last week, I participated in The Food Project’s Winter Institute. As a relative “newbie” to the staff, I was hoping to gain a deeper understanding of our Seed, Dirt, and Root Crews, from soup to nuts. By the end of the third day I came away with that and much more; mainly, I felt a deep sense of awareness and connection to an inspiring network of people and organizations working for food justice across the U.S.  Throughout the weekend, the experience surprised me in several unexpected ways. Here’s a glimpse of what I found to be most unique about the Institute:

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MLK Day of Service - an incredible experience for Root Crew


On Monday, January 19, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, The Food Projects’ Root Crew youth from the North Shore participated in the MLK Day of Service at Northeastern University. Three youth write about their experience.

 

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James Harrison named Executive Director of The Food Project

 

Brings 10 years of experience with the organization to leadership position


The Food Project announced today that James Harrison, a 10-year veteran of the organization, is named Executive Director, following a national search conducted by The Food Project’s Board of Trustees.

As Executive Director, Harrison will oversee operations of the organization, which for over 20 years has been a national leader in the area of youth development and sustainable agriculture. Harrison has served as Acting Director of The Food Project since October.

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Staff member attends the State of the Union address

 

The Food Project staffer Ludia with the Congressman.
The Food Project staffer Ludia with the Congressman.
“Ludia and other national service volunteers across the country remind us every day of the importance of putting others before ourselves in order to make positive change. That’s a lesson worth remembering as the 114th Congress begins.”

 - Congressman Seth Moulton

 

 

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The Food Project sponsors Food Chains documentary screening

Come and be inspired.


Join us for an exclusive, one-night-only showing of "Food Chains: The Revolution In America's Fields," an eye-opening look at America's farm labor and the coalition of tomato pickers from Florida who are revolutionizing their industry. Their story is one of hope and promise for the triumph of morality over corporate greed—to ensure a dignified life for farm workers and a more humane, transparent food chain. The film will be introduced by the youth and alumni of The Food Project, who teach about the Coalition of Immokalee Workers in their Food For Thought workshop series.  


Be sure to purchase your tickets before Feb. 5.

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Dirt Crew supervisor attends State of the Union



Ludia Modi, our North Shore Dirt Crew Supervisor and a fellow with The Massachusetts Promise Fellowship, is attending President Obama's State of the Union address today in Washington DC.  Ludia is the guest of U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA). 

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Winter view on the farm

A reflection by Allison Houghton, Greater Boston CSA Manager
 


I am constantly being reminded of how many animals live on or near a farm’s borders, even in winter. Recently, on the Lincoln farm, I saw a red fox hiding amongst our cabbages. I imagine it must have been waiting for rabbits or field mice to emerge from hiding. It was fun to watch him sit up and stare back at us as we came closer. Then quick as anything, it leapt to its feet and rushed off towards the cover of trees, its red tail flowing behind him like a banner.
 

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Healthy Food and Funding Priorities

Why we need a National Food Policy, by James Harrison, Acting Director of The Food Project

I had the opportunity to hear Rep. Chellie Pingree from Maine speak about food policy at the Growing Power Conference, ”Urban & Small Farms: “Building a Fair Food Economy to Grow Healthy People” in November which I attended with The Food Project’s Root Crew members Debbie J. and Dom N. During her keynote presentation, Congresswoman Pingree shared this infographic.



 

This illustration is an amazingly simple and clear depiction of the profound disconnect between what we know to be true about the importance of healthy food vs. what our government is currently prioritizing and funding. The costs of this failure and disconnect are staggering and are paid for with the health of the land and in human lives.     

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Application for Seedling Production Space Now Open!

For the fourth year running, the Dudley Greenhouse welcomes applications from community groups and residents who would like to apply to use free bench space in the Dudley Greenhouse to start seedlings for their community-based projects.

In addition to the tens of thousands of seedlings that we will start for The Food Project's own farms and for sale at our spring City Farm Fest seedling sale, we are pleased to make room for community-geared projects in Roxbury, Dorchester, and Mattapan. Although we unfortunately cannot accommodate individual growers starting seedlings for their home use, we hope you will consider supporting the Greenhouse at our annual City Farm Fest seedling sale in May 2015.

Click here to view the application for seedling production space. Applications must be submitted by Friday, January 16, 2015.

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